I’m officially in the final countdown to baby boy’s arrival! He’s due January 4th, but I’m hopeful he’ll be making his arrival a little early since Ryan gets the week off between Christmas and NYE.
We’re already short on space in our house and that’s before we add in this baby. We’d planned to be in a bigger house by the time we had our third, but since it didn’t work out that way we’re being pretty selective about what gear we’ll use. He’ll be sharing a bedroom with Ryan and me until we move this summer, and for now has exactly one drawer for his belongings. Plus our living room is also our toy room, so I already feel like I’m constantly in toy overload and adding in too much baby gear might make me lose my mind. Here’s where we are so far…
Pilot Hat & Socks // Halo Bassinest Storage Caddy // Baby Blanket // Pacificer Clip
Lalabu Soothe Shirt // DockATot Lounger // Lion Hooded Towel // BlaBla Doll
Car Seat Cover // BabyBjorn Bouncer // Little Unicorn Burp Cloth // NuRoo Swaddler
Sleeping | For sleeping, we’re planning on using the same Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper we used with Winnie. I really like the Halo Bassinest because the base tucks under your bed so you can pull baby up right next to you. It has a drop side making it easier to access baby (although it’s not the easiest to push down) and it rotates 360 degrees so you can easily get in & out of bed.
For a sleep sack, I’ll be trying out the NuRoo Swaddler. I discovered them about the time Winnie was getting too big for them, but they are made out of the most luxurious fabric. And for a sound machine, we’ll be using our Marpac Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine. It has a built-in fan that is used to create the sound of rushing air instead of playing an electric recording like most sound machines. It has two speeds and an adjustable tone and volume so you can choose a white noise that’s ideal for you.
Playtime | One of my top baby items of all time is the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. It’s not the most glamorous baby item, but it’s simply the BEST. We’ve used both the original and the newer auto version and I’ve been happy with both of them. The auto one rocks on its own and can be a little loud, though it never bothered me much since Winnie was always happy in it. I also bought a BabyBjorn Bouncer during the Black Friday sales that I plan to mostly use in my office while I’m working. Both of these items fold up for storage, so I can throw them in a closet when I need some extra space.
One other old favorite I tell everyone about is the Boppy Newborn Lounger. It’s only useful for the first three months or so, but it cradles baby at a slight angle so you can interact with them and they can see what’s going on around them. I also used it when I was pumping & bottle feeding at the same time (I had to exclusively pump with Mae).
Baby Wearing | I have used a Solly Baby Wrap with both of my girls and I love them. But I’ll be honest, the energy it takes to wrap baby in one can be overwhelming, especially during those exhausting newborn days. I’d often reach for my Ergobaby Carrier instead, but they’re a little bulky when you just want to snuggle your baby close. So I’m pretty excited to try out the Lalabu Soothe Shirt that I recently discovered. You can quickly place your baby in the pouch when you need to quickly comfort them, plus its nursing friendly.
Bath Time + Diapering | There are two infant bath options that I love, the Blooming Bath and the Angelcare Bath Support. For the first month or so, I’ll mostly bathe the baby in our kitchen sink using the Blooming Bath (this photo of Winnie’s first bath in the Blooming Bath is my favorite ever), and once they’re ready to graduate to the big bath, I love the Angelcare Bath Support. I’ve tried a few baby baths and this has been my favorite so far. It securely holds your baby and the mesh material allows water to easily drain. For a changing pad, I highly recommend the Keekaroo Changing Pad. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it doesn’t need a cover and can be easily wiped clean. And although I’ve used Honest Company diapers for both girls, I’m planning to give Parasol a try this time around because those prints!
Above are most of my big-ticket items, but some of my top baby items are from small shops! Favorites include Loulou Lollipop Pacifier Clips, Covered Goods 4-in-1 Nursing Covers, Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammocks, and Saranoni Receiving Blankets.